Field Trip

MODA’s Field Trips take you out to the studios and work places of some the city’s most interesting designers.


Field Trip: RainShine House

Saturday, April 4, 2015 11 am – 12 pm

Join us for a tour of the RainShine House, the FIRST modernist LEED Platinum residence in the South Eastern United States,  in the company of the architect, Robert M. Cain.

The RainShine house is a two-story, 2800-square foot, three-bedroom, 3½-bath home located in Decatur, Georgia on a 1/3-acre infill lot. RainShine is named for key design features. The living room, dining, kitchen and guest bedrooms are sheltered by a butterfly roof structured with steel beams spanned by exposed 1 ½” tongue-and-groove wood decking. The roof floats above continuous clerestories allowing light to flood into the interior. Light shelves around the clerestory sills bounce and diffuse natural light throughout the interior. The butterfly roof is designed to capture rainfall (Rain) for a rainharvest system located in the basement and is oriented to maximize southern exposure for a roof mounted photovoltaic system (Shine). The butterfly design, with its inverted gable, simplifies rainwater collection, eliminates extensive gutter and downspout systems and associated maintenance headaches

Also accompanying us on the tour will be Sarah Hill, Program Manager of Residential Sustainability Services at Southface.  Sarah will on hand to explain how the RainShine House achieved Earth Craft certification and what that means for residential structures. 

Cost is $10 for MODA members / $15 for non-members.

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About Robert M. Cain, Architect, FAIA LEED AP

Robert Cain practices architecture in the southern United States; however, his clients and projects range throughout the US. He believes in sustainability and strives to synthesize his love of this region’s vernacular architecture with the clarity of modern design. In his hands, the melding of the southern vernacular and the modern using sustainable practices results in a unique creation that celebrates its site, pleases and comforts the inhabitants and sustains the earth.

 For each project, through meticulous analysis of site, context, microclimate, available materials and natural light patterns, he evolves all into pragmatic architecture that satisfies his aesthetic and the client’s desires, needs and aspirations. Each client, each situation, each site is unique and Robert honors each and all with his own passion for excellence in design, strong attention to detail and his demand for superior craftsmanship. He believes interior design is an essential part of designing the build environment and his designs rely on his understanding of the seamless connection between architectural and interior design.

 Cain’s formal concepts enrich human enjoyment of his constructed spaces and, through careful manipulation of natural light and views, he blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. He believes a structure should endure through the ages, showing well to each new generation of occupants, proving the worth of its thoughtful design and construction.

 His inspirations are his grandfathers, Louis Sullivan, Paul Rudolph, Sam Mockbee and Victor Papanek.


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